Workshop Improvement

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Blog series by johngoes updated 12-29-2009 01:34 AM 4 parts 9809 reads 26 comments total

Part 1: Finally - Thanksgiving shop renovation

11-27-2009 12:44 AM by johngoes | 4 comments »

Months & months ago I set my sight on improving this mess: to this sketch-up vision: (Observing the back wall for cabinets etc) As a result of the economy, I was given a boatload of unpaid vacation days for the company to cut costs and so I have had from last Friday until Monday to start to tackle the shop upgrade. I had an ulterior motive for this – I got a Jet 1220 lathe for Christmas (early) and needed a place to put it and the shop renovation makes that possible. ...

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Part 2: Primin' 'n' paintin' 'n' drawerin'

11-28-2009 03:14 AM by johngoes | 5 comments »

Rolled on Killz primer followed by “china cup” white which gave me a shiny white wall to work with. Whilst the paint was drying I installed all the full extension drawer rails (10 ea @ >$12 each – it ain’t cheap to refurbish a shop.) Then I cut my drawer box sides to size. I’ll do simple captured dado drawers with oak face fronts. It’s a shop so nothing fancy like dovetails. Just a couple of progress pictures including one with the location of my new lat...

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Part 3: Countertop, drawers, lathe

11-30-2009 02:33 AM by johngoes | 9 comments »

Saturday my brother came by and we shimmed and installed the cabinets. Then he helped me slice ‘n’ dice my soft maple boards for the counter top. It helps to have a 2nd hand when dealing with 10’ long 6/4 lumber. I had the lumber yard give me one straight edge and from that I cut width, jointed, and planed the boards. After he left I glued up the counter top as seen here: I also cut all my drawer sides and set up a 1/4” dado blade on the TS to cut the groves for...

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Part 4: Almost There - drawers & doors & organizing

12-29-2009 01:34 AM by johngoes | 8 comments »

Just to revisit – project over the holidays was to turn this Wall of Horror into a new useful shop area – and here is the 98% done result! Over the holidays I installed the drawers, the drawer fronts and the knobs. Today I bought the locker in which I placed paint, finish, and sundry other items. All I have left to do is the frame and panel doors which I will start working on tomorrow. The following is a trial fit of the chisel tool chest at my lathe work station....

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